Aching, painful legs and feeling tired can be caused by circulatory problems. One major cause is the weakening of the vein valves and leg muscles so that blood isn’t returned to the heart as effectively as it should be. Compression hosiery is a proven means of assisting venous return and therefore helps alleviate the heavy aching feeling in your legs and helping to ensure that the condition doesn’t worsen.
Circulation can be improved through exercise - this will help blood flow and make your leg muscles stronger. Try taking a gentle walk each day to begin with. Flexing and circling your ankles every half-hour while sitting, wiggling your toes inside your shoes and getting up to bend your knees or march on the spot can all help maintain healthy circulation.
If you have to spend long periods sitting down, avoid having your legs crossed.